No fake news here

The internet is awash with talk of fake news. It almost seems like those who talk most about it are most guilty of it. It wouldn’t be the first time for something like that to happen.

The whole fake-news brouhaha appears to be politically motivated. Media groups pledge to root it out. They’re the same ones who were in the bag for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Something’s rotten in Denmark.

But we can expect such things from the world. Corruption and dishonesty are to be found at every turn.

In matters of the Spirit, however, we look for truth. We spurn human theologies and traditions in order to discover the right path of God. That search must turn to the Bible, where it will find its goal. Continue reading

#bible, #corollaries, #fake-news, #gospel-truth

12-14-2016 Getting Jesus Right-Bible Order

The New Testament writers, “did not follow cunningly devised fables” (2 Peter 1:16 NKJV) when they wrote about Jesus Christ.  A “fable” is a “myth, fairy tale, or falsehood.” David said, “Many, O LORD my God, are Your wonderful works Which You have done; And Your thoughts toward us Cannot be recounted to You in order; If I would declare and speak of them, They are more than can be numbered” (Psalm 40:5 NKJV). Just reading the Bible “in order,” and without myths, builds a powerful, attractive case for us to love and serve Him.  He created our world and us from nothing, led the history of mankind to Jesus Christ, and showed us His love through the cross.  “In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him” (1 John 4:9 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#bible, #without-myths

Memory requires exercise

Last night, in the airport, I asked The Missus for any telephone numbers she could remember of friends. I’d forgotten to take my cellphone. I was thinking that, if I had car problems on the hour-long drive home, at least I’d have some phone numbers written down in my agenda.

What few numbers I keep are in my cellphone. I couldn’t recall any number at all. Fortunately, she could.

Like most everything else, memory requires exercise. We complain that we can’t remember things. Our lack of memory is probably due to lack of mental exercise. We depend upon our devices to provide recall.

Considering our mental laziness, extra effort is needed to remember the Word of God. Things we need to do to remember it? Continue reading

#bible, #bible-memorization

Creeds are biblical and necessary, says author

At the moment, my life is at a point that I don’t even have time to read, much less reply to, this position of the biblical necessity of creeds. (Yes, I know that sounds ominous about me-self, but do not fear for me.) The title, however, makes clear that the position cuts across a basic thesis of our people. (And, it would seem, that of most people who claim to take the Bible alone as their authority.)

I’d be pleased to see a good answer given to this, nay, not just one, but many.

https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/book-reviews-what-christians-ought-to-believe

#creeds #creedalism #Bible

Love and be known

knowledge-booksAn old song says something to effect that “to know you is to love you.” They must have gotten that from the Bible, with a twist. Paul says, “But if someone loves God, he is known by God” 1Cor 8.3.

The apostle to the Gentiles was swatting down those who touted knowledge as the great value of the Way, who said that what you know makes you important. The only thing that knowledge does, by itself, is to puff you up, or, as we say where I grew up (which is where I am now), give you the big head. It makes you conceited. It does nothing for your brother in Christ. Continue reading

#bible, #corollaries, #knowledge, #love, #new-testament-pattern

Hugh’s News & Views (Malchus’ Ear)

MALCHUS’ EAR

Even seemingly trivial incidents recorded in scripture often contain great lessons for those who are willing to learn from them. The apostle Paul was absolutely right when he said, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable . . .” (II Timothy 3:16-17). Consider the following incident recorded in all four of the gospel records.

“And, suddenly, one of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand and drew his sword, struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear” (Matthew 26:51, NKJV). From this text, we do not know who cut off the ear of the servant of the high priest, we do not know the servant’s name, nor do we know which ear was cut off. Continue reading

#bible, #hermeneutics, #hughfulford, #salvation

What does the Bible say about the Resurrection

By: Douglas M. Williams, Sr.bible4676

During Jesus’ personal ministry while on earth, He repeatedly told his followers that He would suffer and be killed, but then be raised on the third day (Matthew 16:21; Mark 8:31).

Jesus said, “The Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men, and they will kill Him, and the third day He will be raised up” (Matthew 17:22-23; Mark 9:31; 10:34; Luke 9:22; 18:33). The disciples were “exceedingly sorrowful” when Jesus told them about what was going to happen to Him, and Peter “began to rebuke Him, saying, ‘Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You’” (Matthew 16:22).

But still His disciples didn’t understand and comprehend what Jesus was saying. After the death of Jesus His disciples forsook Him and went back to their former way of life before they had met Jesus. But as Jesus appeared to them after His resurrection His disciples remembered what he had told them about His death and resurrection, and they believed and understood.

In each of the gospel accounts about the life of Christ, near the close of their writings, they each tell about the resurrection of Jesus. Then about 50 days later Peter preached the gospel that included the resurrection (Acts 2:23-24; 29-32). And the resurrection of Jesus was central to the teaching of the early Christians (Acts 4:2; 17:18; 23:6).

Because of the resurrection the tomb of Jesus is empty, and He has ascended back to heaven where He is seated at the right hand of God. Without the resurrection, Christianity would not be a reality and would have no meaning. Thank God for the resurrection of Jesus!

In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul discusses at length the resurrection of Jesus as the first fruits and showing that there will be a resurrection of all the dead at the last day. Jesus also taught this at John 5:28-29.

We ought to often reflect on the resurrection of Jesus. Christians do this in the observance of the Lord’s Supper the first day of each week (Acts 20:7).

Also, in our baptism we are buried and raised with Christ as a likeness of His resurrection (Romans 6:3-6).

#bible, #bible-study